Catch a shuttle, from several spots, to World Series

Construction projects around Grand Junction should not have too much of an impact on traffic to and from Suplizio Field during the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series, say project officials.

Trent Prall, engineering manager for the city of Grand Junction, said construction along two roads frequently used during the tournament shouldn’t be too congested thanks to the work schedule of the contractors.

Projects he referred to are sidewalk work along North Avenue next to Suplizio Field and a major road project on Horizon Drive at the Interstate 70 interchange.

“There haven’t been any construction projects that have really disrupted JUCO in the time I’ve been here, and this will probably be the same,” Prall said.

Lee Cooper, project engineer for the city of Grand Junction, said the work on Horizon Drive should not have a major impact on traffic. He also said crews will not be working throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

“Work will stop at noon on Friday and not pick up again until about noon on Tuesday, May 31,” he said.

Cooper also said the project shouldn’t have any trouble with bus traffic or heavy congestion.

“Right now, it’s operating similar to a single-lane roundabout,” he said.

The sidewalk project near Suplizio Field has workers on the job four days a week from midnight to 11 a.m.

Among the improvements being made on North Avenue is an expanded sidewalk that extends from 12th Street to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on 23rd Street.

The 60-year-old chain-link fence separating North Avenue from Lincoln Park Golf Course is also being replaced by a black plastic-coated fence, with the city of Grand Junction kicking in money to provide lighting along North Avenue. Construction of the new fence began the week of May 18.


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